Real preserved their chances for the title by beating Osasuna this Saturday (2-0). But victory took a long time to emerge.
With four days of the epilogue of La Liga, Real Madrid are still in the race to keep their title of champion of Spain. However, it was not long before the Merengue finally let go. The victory against Osasuna this Saturday was only assured in the last quarter of an hour of the game.
Two days after the failure of Barça against Granada (1-2), Zidane’s team therefore almost tripped over the carpet. A poor performance that she was able to finally avoid, by waking up in the last quarter of an hour of the game. Better late than never.
Militao frees the Merengue
As was the case last weekend against Betis, the Castilians experienced the worst difficulties to be efficient in front. Karim Benzema was not successful in the finish, as when he crushed his full axis shot in the 84th, and there was no one among his teammates in attack to compensate for his sterility of the day. Eden Hazard, back in the starting team, notably missed an opportunity in the 26th.
Fortunately for Real that players with a defensive vocation were able to go beyond their functions to ensure victory. This was first the case with Eder Militao. The former Porto full-back chose his moment well to score his first goal of the year. In the 76th minute, he picked up a corner from Isco with a nice header.
At 1-0, the spaces were released for the premises and it was Casemiro who took the opportunity to ensure the break. Ten minutes from time, the midfielder Auriverde doubled the lead almost involuntarily, wanting to control a through pass from Benzema. It was cruel for Osasuna, who had stood up to his prestigious opponent of the day for most of the meeting.
Varane released on injury
By showing patience and never being discouraged, Real therefore escaped the trap of Pamplona and thus put the pressure on Atlético, winner of Elche earlier (1-0). The Madrilenians are also ideally preparing for their return meeting in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. The only bad news of the evening is the injury of Raphaël Varane. Hit in the thigh, the French will take exams on Sunday to know the seriousness of the blow taken.